James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award 2011 Winners Named

As you no doubt know, last night most of the country’s best chefs got together at Avery Fisher Hall for the James Beard Foundation’s annual chef and restaurant awards ceremony. The big winners: Eleven Madison Park (Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Restaurant), José Andrés (Outstanding Chef), Richard Melman (Outstanding Restaurateur), and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen (Best New Restaurant). But plenty of other chefs took home medallions, too.

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award (Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York): Julian P. Van Winkle, III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY

Outstanding Wine Service Award: The Modern, NYC, Wine Director: Belinda Chang

Best Chef: Great Lakes: Alex Young, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

Best Chef: Midwest: Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City: Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune

Best Chef: Northeast: Tony Maws, Craigie On Main, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Pacific: Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Best Chef: Northwest: Andy Ricker, Pok Pok, Portland, OR

Best Chef: South: Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast: Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

Best Chef: Southwest: Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas AND Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin, TX

Outstanding Restaurant Design: Aidlin Darling Design, Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Love and War, The National Bar & Dining Rooms, NYC

Outstanding Service Award (Presented By Stella Artois): Per Se, NYC, Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Angela Pinkerton, Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Best New Restaurant (Presented by Mercedes-Benz): ABC Kitchen, NYC, Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Owner: Phil Suarez

Outstanding Restaurateur Award: Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurant Award: Eleven Madison Park, NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer

Outstanding Chef Award: José Andrés, minibar, Washington, D.C.

James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award 2011 Winners Named